Warm Refrigerator Troubleshooting Flowchart

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on July 14, 2010

in Refrigerator Repair

Next time your beer box is warming up, use this handy flowchart to quickly figure out what’s wrong and get on the right track for fixing it. Also makes a great gift for that special someone who already has it all. Go ahead and download it now so you’ll have it handy in case your beer starts warming up.

http://fixitnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/39305150-Warm-Refrigerator-Troubleshooting-Flowchart.pdf (PDF file, 700kb)

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn May 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Whirlpool Refrigerator ED25DQXVN03 – Frig Side – 50 degrees; Freezer Side 39 degrees. Both too warm. No frost showing inside freezer. Can hear fan motor running when I open freezer. Yes, my coils underneath are clean (I do that regularly). I am hoping it is not the compressor. Seems like everything I read, says if I do not have frost and fan is running, it cannot be the cheap repair. Suggestion please.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man May 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Hi Carolyn,

Remove the panel in back where the compressor is and feel if the compressor is running. It will be vibrating if it’s running. Just being hot in itself doesn’t mean the compressor is running– it could be trying to start and failing which would be a bad start relay.

But one thing at a time. Check the compressor and let me know.

bindhast September 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm


I have a Frigidaire side-by-side. A couple of weeks ago, the refrigerator side started to get warmer and eventually got to room temperature while freezer kept working and was developing frost on the back interior. After leaving unplugged and cleaning the mess up, I re started. It looked like both sides were working ok at this point. A couple of days later, the fresh food side started warming up again. I ordered a defrost timer (manual type) and replaced it, hoping that that would take care of it. The problem surfaced again.
Please help.

bindhast September 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

FYI, I can hear the fan blowing in the top of the freezer compartment, I can also feel that the partition between the two compartments gets warmed up.

Mollymoe September 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I have a GE gms10aararww a small apartment size refrigerator. It cools, shuts down, doesn’t turn back on. If I unplug it, let it warm slightly,plug it back in it will start and cool, reach temperature, and shut down and not start. When it is off it will not start by doing anything other than unplugging it, letting the temp go up and re plugging it back in. She only worked right for a year. Thermostat or relay or? (if there is a relay)
I’ve gotten help here before and fixed another larger unit. Usually I fix sewing machines.
So a real grasshopper here.

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